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Red-hot Sharks eye seventh straight win

Dallas (5-6-2) at San Jose (12-2-0) 10:00 p.m. EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks are playing

so well that the temporary loss of their starting goaltender

might not be a big deal.

The Sharks go for their seventh straight win and try to remain

undefeated at home when they host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

San Jose remained perfect in eight games at the HP Pavilion on

Thursday as Ryane Clowe scored two goals in regulation before

finding the back of the net in the shootout to help forge a 5-4

victory against the St. Louis Blues.

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov, a Venzina Trophy finalist last season who

is 10-2-0 with a 2.72 goals-against average in 2008-09, suffered

an unspecified lower-body injury on the final shot of the

shootout. Nabokov has not been ruled out for the contest with

the Stars but, with the way the Sharks are playing, backup Brian

Boucher has to feel confident.

San Jose outshot the Blues, 43-29, registering at least 40 shots

for the seventh time this season and lead the NHL, averaging

37.6 shots per game.

Boucher has been stout, too, stopping all 43 shots he's faced en

route to shutouts against the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay

Lightning. Since signing with the Sharks in February, the

journeyman Boucher has posted a 5-0-0 record with three shutouts

and a 0.40 GAA as a starter.

Stars No. 1 netminder Marty Turco has not found even a fraction

of that success this season, but turned in a strong performance

on Friday, making 28 saves during a 5-2 victory against the

Anaheim Ducks. Turco, who is 4-5-2, had allowed 11 goals during

his previous two starts.


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